Joseph Bottum @JosephBottum — Grace and Gladness ♫♫♫♫

From the people who gave us Send My Roots Rain earlier this year, we now have the two-song Christmas release Grace and Gladness. You can download it from iTunes. Joseph Bottum tells us that the songs were

recorded down at the Underground Treehouse in Nashville, with production by Chris Folsom and vocals by Mallory Reaves.
I’m really happy with them, but we’ll see what everyone else thinks. The first is “Joy Will Keep Us,” set to a modern melody by my amazingly productive composer friend, Mike Linton. And the second is “Some Come to See the Lord,” new words to a recasting of a 16th-century Swedish melody [“Bereden väg för Herran”] that Priscilla M. Jensen taught me.
There’s something about Christmas songs that makes them glow. Christmas, I suppose, it must be. The Princeton filmmaker Margaret Craycraft filmed the sessions”

Send My Roots Rain ★★★★★ @JosephBottum @RemodeledMusic

Send My Roots Rain

Don’t miss Send My Roots Rain, a great EP with amazing vocals by Mallory Reaves, splendid instrumentation and production by Chris Folsom, and music and lyrics by Joseph Bottum:

Recorded by Nashville studio performers, Send My Roots Rain presents seven songs by poet and bestselling essayist Joseph Bottum. It’s new wine in old bottles—as each song rethinks a roots melody, giving new words and new life to underappreciated moments from the deep traditions of Anglo-American music. With an ear for the modal strains of shape-note and folk music, Bottum provides the words and revised melodies that bring out the murder, mayhem, and melancholy—the lovesick emotions, the God-haunted thickness, and the rich connections to the natural world—that the old music always assumed. The poetry of Send My Roots Rain aims at nothing less than what traditional music wants to say.

This is truly a splendid release from Remodeled Music. Definitely an upper-echelon release for 2014!

Consisting only of the finest sort of traditional popular music and poetry, you will want to download this and play it again and again during your most reflective summertime moments.